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It’s a Whole New Year!

I have been making handmade Christmas cards since 2000.  We have a lot of family overseas, and they look forward to getting our holiday cards.  Our cousin got married a couple of years ago, and his best man, whom we had never met, wasn’t interested in the fact that we were cousins from America, he was excited because he got to meet the Christmas card people.

So when my friend told me that she did not get a chance to send out Christmas cards this year, due to traveling over the holidays, and asked me if I could help her make New Year’s cards I jumped at the chance.

I used the Accucut, A2 step card die, with craft colored paper.  A Sizzlets set from Sizzix for the 2015, a Stampin Up label punch and a Hero Arts sentiment.  Of course the beautiful family is my friend and her husband, son and mother-in-law.  I think the cards turned out lovely.  Hope you like them!

Handmade 2015 New Year's Card
Handmade 2015 New Year’s Card

Tasty Treats from the Heart

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it.  Remember when we were little and gave every kid in our class a Valentine?  Why stop now, just because we are adults?

This year I made little treat boxes that are just under two inches. I am still trying to decide what to put in them.  More likely than not, it will be something chocolate. Yum!

Letterpresses Treat Box
Letterpresses Treat Box


First I used my letterpress to print the word love on thick cotton cardstock.  Used a punch to cut out the label and used my Accucut Grande Mark die cutting machine to cut out the box.

Penny Farthing for Your Thoughts?

I love the weekend!  This is when I get to be creative and use all my crafting toys. Last night I decided to get dirty…

That means Letterpress!  Letterpress is dirty work because you have to get inked up.  First you scoop out ink with you ink knife.  You work your ink a bit with the knife and then dab it on the letterpress ink disk.  The letterpress rollers go over the disk to collect a thin layer of ink and then rollover the blocks and letters to deposit the ink.  I can not do this process without getting ink all over me, no matter how hard I try.

So what did I make?  Cute mini notecards with an ordinary bicycle (AKA old fashioned bicycle or a penny farthing).  The cards are 2.25 by 2.25 and are printed on Lettra cotton cardstock with brown black ink.  I then made mini envelopes to match out of craft colored card stock.

Mini notecards with a cool letterpressed penny farthing bicycle
Mini notecards with a cool letterpressed penny farthing bicycle
Penny Farthing mini note with envelope
Penny Farthing mini note with envelope

Felt Birds are Darling

This weekend was fabulous.  Saturday was spent on all sorts of fun things. My friend and I spent the morning crafting, then off to lunch, followed by pedicures.  It was an ideal day!

I worked on making “Happy New Year’s” cards for my work friend.  She was so busy this year with a family wedding over Christmas, that she didn’t get a chance to send out holiday cards, so she asked for my help.  I made thirty step cards with room for the family picture.  I am just waiting on JC Penny to get those prints done.  I will add a picture once they are done.

My friend was felting birds for her baby’s room.  I have never done any felting, but these birds are amazing.  I am going to have to try it out!

Beautiful hand felted bird
Beautiful hand felted bird

Happy New (Letterpress) Year!

I hope you have a wonderful 2015!  I know I will, because I will be making time to do the things I love; spending time with my husband, snuggling with the dog and crafting.

Earlier in 2014 I bought a Kelsey Excelsior 5 x 8 letterpress machine.  This antique machine was made sometime between 1893 and 1928, based on the patent number.  How cool is that!  I have vintage printing blocks and several alphabets for pressing images and words.  I am still learning how to use it, but I am hooked.

Kelsey Excelsior Letterpress Machine
Kelsey Excelsior Letterpress Machine

I was lucky enough to have five days off over Christmas, so I played.  I made a bunch of little note cards that said:

  • Hello
  • Hola
  • Ciao
  • Bonjour
International Hello Letterpress Notecards
International Hello Letterpress Notecards

I used Crane Lettra cotton cardstock and a midnight blue ink.  Next step, send all my friends a card!

I would love to hear about projects you are working on; leave a comment and let me know!

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town!

Merry Christmas!

I hope you were on the nice list this year!  I think I was. 😄!

These past two weeks have been crazy!  All my free time was taken up with getting ready for today.

My sister has joined me in the year of craftiness project and has completed her first project.  She is an elementary school teacher and wanted to do something special for her fellow teachers; so she made wooden Santa Claus ornaments for each of them. They are totally cute!

Wooden ornament hand cut and hand painted.
Wooden ornament hand cut and hand painted.

First she used the scroll saw to cut the various pieces.  Then she hand painted each piece, glued them in place and added a button nose.  What fun!

I hope you and your loved ones have a spectacular Christmas and a wonderful new year!

Little Gifts Need Little Boxes

I found the cutest little body butters at The Body Shop last week. They were on sale, so… I got one for all my co-workers. They will make a perfect little Christmas gift!

Next I needed a perfect way to wrap them. I love die cuts! I have Sizzix, and Quick Cuts, and a Slice with about 10 cartridges and two Cricut cutting systems. But my favorite of all is the Accucut Grande Mark. This giant machine cuts perfectly every time. I knew just the box for these little goodies and had a fabulous holiday paper.

This self closing box needs no adhesive. Just run through the die cut machine and fold on the score lines. Tuck the tabs in the slot and you are good to go.

I hope all my co-workers like their gifts!

Little Gift Box
Little Gift Box
Little body butter from The Body Shop
Little body butter from The Body Shop

Christmas Card Project

A year of craftiness starts with a Christmas card.

I have been making Christmas cards for our friends and family since 2000.  It was a fluke.  I was laid off from a small computer company (a victim of the 2000 dot com bust).  Luckily, I was only out of work for two weeks.  During that time I watched way too much Home and Garden TV.  On one program they made a beautiful flip card.  It was so cool, and I had time.  Hours and hours later, I had 35 flip cards.  An obsession was born!

This year I found out about quilling; using strips of paper to make various shapes.  I saw some fabulous quilled snowflakes and knew that would make the perfect card for 2014.


  • Stardream paper
  • Card Square Stand-ups from Sizzix
  • Three Birds quilling paper
  • Jolly Bingo Bits from Stampin Up! Snowflake
  • Holiday Happiness from Stampin Up! “Happy Holidays”
  • Baker’s twine
Quilled snowflake
Quilled snowflake

Let me know if you like my card. Happy Crafting!

Why wait for the new year?

I have decided that 2015 will be the year of the craft.  Why wait until January to get started?  This project starts now.

There should be some parameters, and some friends to come along for the ride.  And there has to be photographic evidence.  So here we go!

Craft Challenge 2015

  1. One craft project a week – big or small (more if you want)
  2. Take a picture of the craft or the process of making the craft
  3. Journal or blog about the experience
  4. Share!

So what are my first steps?  Recruit friends to participate, share this blog and start having fun.